Miserable Kanban Training: Now for Everyone!

Kanban Talk Agenda:

1:00-1:20 – Types of Sticky Notes for Kanban (and the great 3M vs. Walmart brand debate)

1:20-1:45 – Why Sharpies are better for most stickies in Kanban

1:45-2:15 – Types of Board and Board segregation for high efficiency Kanbanning.

2:15-2:30 – Reasons ladders should be avoided while using Kanban

2:30-3:00 – Kanban means “Look at the board.” We’ll tell you why that definition is insufficient, and give 8 methods for “looking” at the board.

3:00-3:12 – What to do when Steve steals your stickies

3:12-3:23 – Public whipping of Steve for stealing your stickies.

3:23-3:30 – Questions about Steve’s whipping

3:30-3:32 – Move “Steve’s whipping” from the column titled “In progress” to the column titled “Complete”

3:32-3:45 – Explanations of the means and reasons for the movement of “Steve’s whipping.”

3:45-4:45 – Existential reasons for dread and why we may be spending too much time on Kanban.

4:45-5:00 – Move the “Final Questions” sticky to the column marked “In progress”

5:00-9:00 – Happy hour and a hope that there is enough alcohol in the world to make us forget the previous afternoon.


Putting together an entire afternoon training on Kanban is shockingly difficult. I’ve saved you the trouble of coming up with your own agenda by producing a sample agenda here. Please note: the name Steve is just a placeholder, but experience tells me Steve will likely be his actual name.